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Pakistan's hockey team completes training for Olympics

07-09-2012 16:24 BJT Special Report:2012 London Olympic Games |

ISLAMABAD, July 9 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan's 18-member hockey team finished its 10-day training camp for the upcoming London Olympics in northwestern city of Abbottabad, the official said on Monday.

The Green-shirts (Pakistan team), after concluding their preparations at home, are now ready to leave for Britain on July 12 where they will start another 10-day training camp in Birmingham.

Pakistan hockey team coach and manager Akhtar Rasool on Monday told local media that the national team worked on every aspect of the game during the training sessions and all the players were physically fit and with high morale.

According to Rasool, Players' fitness was the main focus during the training camp while the coaches also worked hard to improve penalty-corner conversion, defense and midfield.

The coaching staff also used video to analysis Pakistani team's opponents in Olympics and told players about the possible game plans against them.

"We did everything to improve the players' game besides focusing on our opponents' previous performances and moves during the matches," said Rasool.

During the 10-day camp in Birmingham, Pakistani players will have enough time to adjust themselves according to the conditions where Olympics will be held.

Pakistani team is likely to play two warm-up matches against Germany and Holland after the Birmingham camp.

On July 1, the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) announced its probable squad of 20 players which was later trimmed to 18 for the Olympics.

By retaining penalty corner specialist Sohail Abbas as captain of the team, the PHF selectors had also called back senior players Rehan Butt, Shakeel Abbasi, Mohammad Imran and Waseem Ahmed.

Pakistan hockey team has been struggling to get back its lost glory in the Olympics where it had won three gold, three silver and two bronze medals.

Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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